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Southeastern scores 34-20 victory at Northwestern State in season opener

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson finds some open field in the second quarter against Northwestern State on Thursday at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

NATCHITOCHES — D’Shaie Landor wasn’t asked to do too much during his first start as Southeastern Louisiana’s quarterback. But when his number was called, Landor delivered. While the Lions had ground their way on the ground to a two-touchdown lead, Landor broke off a run in the third quarter that showed off his potential… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State start season with important Southland Conference opener

The two words were always there when Southeastern Louisiana’s football team needed them. In order to push through the summer’s oppressive heat to finish conditioning drills or complete an additional set of lifts in the weight room, the Lions repeated the following: Northwestern State. For the first time in nearly four decades No. 19 Southeastern… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State aren’t waiting around — they’re starting with a Southland clash

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern defensive back Denzel Thompson runs back an interception against Northwestern State in the first half of last year's meeting at Strawberry Stadium. The Lions and Demons open this season at 6 p.m. Thursday in Natchitoches.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State renew their rivalry for the 59th time with each team having won 29 games. Never, though, have the two Southland Conference rivals run into each other so early in the season as they will when the No. 19 Lions visit the Demons at 6 p.m. Thursday.… Continue reading →

D’Shaie Landor throws two TDs in Southeastern scrimmage

HAMMOND — Junior quarterback D’Shaie Landor threw for two touchdowns — both to fellow Lafayette native Dylan Bossier — as No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana held its second scrimmage of preseason football camp on Saturday morning at Strawberry Stadium. Bossier led Southeastern with 68 receiving yards as the two-time reigning Southland Conference champions continued preparations for the… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Xavier Roberson ready to get rolling after injurt-shortened season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson is prepared to cut off his own foot if that’s what it takes to get back on the field for the Lions this season. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Roberson recently rejoined the team after missing the final three games of the 2014 season with a torn ligament in his left foot… Continue reading →

Southeastern dealing with inexperience at linebacker

If it’s difficult to recognize some of the names playing linebacker for Southeastern Louisiana football this season, you aren’t the only one. The Lions graduated four linebackers, including two starters, from a unit that lead the way in producing an FCS Top 10 defense for Southeastern last season. Seniors Drew Mista, Isiah Corbett and Kaleb Muse… Continue reading →

Louisiana College is aiming for that Mary Hardin-Baylor hurdle

Second place is no longer good enough at Louisiana College. The Wildcats finished as American Southwest Conference runners-up four of the past five years under coach Dennis Dunn. National power Mary Hardin-Baylor, which has claimed 10 straight ASC titles, was the only team to beat Louisiana College in those seasons and remains the only conference foe the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech, with Jeff Driskel on board, has plenty of motivation after standout 2014 season

against the Louisiana Tech celebrates with the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy after the NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)    ORG XMIT: TXMO109

Louisiana Tech football could be putting a new spin on the term one-and-done so prevalent in major college basketball. For the second straight year, the Bulldogs will turn over their offense to a fifth-year senior who recently graduated from a “Power Five” school and landed in Ruston to play his final season of college football. This… Continue reading →

The early tests come hot and heavy for Northwestern State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) tackles ball carrier Ed Eagan (7) against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Northwestern State won’t have to wait until the meat of its conference schedule to see how tough its players are. Starting with a first-week matchup with defending Southland Conference co-champ Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3, the Demons face a grueling opening month. Northwestern is slated for back-to-back games at Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State — bowl… Continue reading →

Having garnered early respect, McNeese State is out to keep it

McNeese State quarterback Daniel Sams (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

McNeese State coach Matt Viator didn’t put much stock in the preseason predictions leading up to Southland Conference Media Day. When the league’s coaches awarded the Cowboys one first-place vote and picked them to finish third in the conference, he simply said his staff and players appreciate the respect. Only four McNeese players landed on preseason All-Southland… Continue reading →

After their dramatic turnaround, Grambling eyes even more in 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams splits Southern defenders during the third quarter of Southern's 52-45 win in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Grambling’s turnaround last season caught everyone outside the program by surprise. The Tigers were perhaps the most improved team in the Football Championship Subdivision, taking Southern to the wire in the race for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title, finishing 7-2 and 7-5 overall. That came after a disastrous 1-10 season in 2013 that led to… Continue reading →

The climb continues as Southeastern eyes another Southland football title

File photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern football coach Ron Roberts holds up the Southland Conference trophy after tying for the SLC title with Sam Houston, giving them two straight titles.

The Southeastern Louisiana football program has made great strides in just three years under coach Ron Roberts. Yet as impressive as a 14-1 record in the Southland Conference the past two seasons, two league titles and back-to-back appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs have been, Roberts hopes there’s more out there for his Lions. As… Continue reading →

D’Shaie Landor not feeling pressure to fill Bryan Bennett’s shoes at Southeastern

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback D'Shaie Landor

For the past two years, the Southeastern offense has been the Bryan Bennett show. But Bennett is now in camp with the Indianapolis Colts, and presumed starting quarterback D’Shaie Landor wants the the Southeastern offense to be known as simply “SLU’s offense.” Bennett’s graduation — as well as that of backup quarterback Jordan Barnett — has left one… Continue reading →

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry keeps his focus on improving, hoping his struggling team follows suit

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

The only thing that Michael Henry remembers about the Nicholls State football team’s 52-27 loss at Southeastern Louisiana to close the 2013 season was how good his opponents were. With the victory, the Lions clinched their first Southland Conference title and punctuated the Colonels’ six-game losing streak. But Henry, a sophomore running back at the time, had… Continue reading →

Mickles: Tim Rebowe welcomes a big challenge — and he believes Nicholls State can win

First-year Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe: ‘You can have some success there. You just have to do it the right way with the right people in that area. The community is starving for some success, so they’re really getting behind it.’

Tim Rebowe knew what he was getting into when he accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Nicholls State last November. The Colonels were coming off a dreadful 0-12 season that stretched their losing streak to a school-record 18 games, which in itself might have scared off most potential candidates. Not Rebowe, a 52-year-old Norco… Continue reading →

Ed Eagan smashing records at Northwestern State

Photos by Gary Hardamon  Ed Eagan # 7

LAKE CHARLES — Ed Eagan can’t help but think about breaking records. The Northwestern State senior receiver and kick returner set five school records and tied another during his breakout 2014 season. Eagan is already the Demons’ all-time leader in career kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff returns, single-season receptions and single-game… Continue reading →

Cowboys look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium

Associated Press photo by Nati HarnikNebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scores the game-winning touchdown ahead of McNeese State defensive back Jermaine Antoine last season. The Cowboys nearly upset the Huskers, falling 31-24. This season the Cowboys are playing another traditional power on their home field as they visit LSU.

LAKE CHARLES — Before the McNeese State football team begins its Southland Conference schedule in the hopes of capturing its first league championship since 2009, the Cowboys will face their toughest test of the season.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Team capsules

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

Abilene Christian COACH: Ken Collums PLAYERS: Junior QB Parker McKenzie, sophomore RB De’Andre Brown EASY TO ANSWER: Abilene Christian’s offense is in capable hands with McKenzie, the Southland’s top returning passer in yards (3,084) and TDs (22), and Brown, who as a freshman ranked second in the league at 96.2 rushing… Continue reading →

Southeastern, Sam Houston players head up All-Southland team

SLU Public Information photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern defensive back Harlan Miller returns an interception against McNeese State for 30 yards during a Nov. 2 game.

FRISCO, Texas — Sam Houston State and two-time league champion Southeastern Louisiana combined to earn 21 of a possible 58 spots on the preseason All-Southland Conference football teams announced Wednesday. Sam Houston State, which reached the FCS semifinals in 2014 for the third time in four seasons, had 13 players named to the first and… Continue reading →

Sun Belt Media Day: Ragin’ Cajuns trade weight of preseason expectations for a hefty chip on their shoulders

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth answers questions at the Sun Belt Conference Media Day on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The weight isn’t on the shoulders of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s football team as it was a year ago, when the Ragin’ Cajuns were the prohibitive favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference. Coach Mark Hudspeth said that weight has been replaced on the Cajuns’ collective shoulders by a giant chip. “Expectations are different,… Continue reading →

Johnson: Sun Belt’s possible move to 12 football teams to create a league title game isn’t as simple as it may seem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson answers questions at the media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 20, 2015.

One of the buzz topics at Monday’s Sun Belt Conference Media Day was the team that wasn’t there and when it would arrive. The question of when — or whether — the SBC would add a 12th football-playing member is more complex than one would think when considering the question at face value. Commissioner Karl… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns notebook: Coach Mark Hudspeth says he won’t reveal his starting quarterback until the season opener at Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth at the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome July 20, 2015.

The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s preseason practice starts in a little less than two weeks, but don’t expect coach Mark Hudspeth to be quick about making a decision about his starting quarterback. In fact, don’t expect him to make a decision at all during the preseason about whether Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon or Jordan Davis will be taking the… Continue reading →

Privateers renew in-state rivalries in men’s basketball schedule

When putting together this season’s schedule for UNO’s men’s basketball team, coach Mark Slessinger wanted to put an emphasis on bringing back in-state rivalries for the Privateers. UNO released the team’s 2015-16 schedule Tuesday, highlighted by nonconference road games against Tulane on Dec. 2 and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Dec. 21. “I think… Continue reading →

Reports: UNO will remove interim tag, make ex-LSU standout Blake Dean its full-time baseball coach

Photo provided by UNO athletics -- Blake Dean

UNO decided to stick to whom it knows when it came to replacing former baseball coach Ron Maestri. After naming Blake Dean the team’s interim coach following Maestri’s decision to retire at the end of the 2015 season, UNO decided to remove the interim tag and make the 27-year-old the team’s full-time head coach Monday, several outlets… Continue reading →

Mike Newell, Dillard’s well-traveled new coach, believes he’s the right man for the job

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mike Newell, formerly a head coach at West Alabama, Arkansas-Monticello, Lamar and Arkansas-Little Rock, has 320 career wins. He takes over a Dillard program that hasn't produced a winning record in more than 10 years.

This summer, newly hired Dillard coach Mike Newell was asked by the school’s human resources department if athletic director Kiki Baker Barnes explained his job description. Yes, Newell responded. Win. “I expect the program to begin competing for a conference championship within his first three years and eventually compete for a national championship,” Barnes said. This from… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Sensley eyes Cajuns — if majors don’t call

Steven Sensley, LSU Eunice outfielder, formerly University High

The fact that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team reached its second straight NCAA super regional is part of the lure for LSU-Eunice’s Steven Sensley wanting to embark on a career with the Ragin’ Cajuns. There’s also the two-fold opportunity for Sensley to improve as a player and serve as a vital part… Continue reading →

Cane Cutters down Marshals in Texas Collegiate League game

YOUNGSVILLE — For the first two innings, the Acadiana Cane Cutters couldn’t get the offense rolling against the Texas Marshals in a Texas Collegiate League on Saturday night. The Marshals (3-9) got three runs in the first inning and their defense was stellar heading to the third. The Marshals’ defense failed in the third, however,… Continue reading →

State players in Major League Baseball draft

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU right fielder Mark Laird was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft

Colleges UL-LAFAYETTE: SS Blake Trahan (84th , third round by the Reds) Nicholls State LHP Grant Borne (224th, seventh round, Nationals), Catholic-BR Tulane signee Cypress Creek (Texas) High pitcher Jordan Hicks (105th pick, supplemental pick between 3rd and 4th rounds, Cardinals) Out of state West Alabama RHP Tanner Rainey (71st pick, first pick in the Competitive Balance Round… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman receives national defensive player of the year award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman was one of three recipients of the Spalding NJCAA Division II Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Award announced Tuesday. Others honored were sophomore shortstops like Bozeman: Riley Delgado from Columbia State (Tenn.) and Ryley Warnock from Northern Essex (Mass.). Bozeman, a former Parkview Baptist standout,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl goes primetime

From breakfast time back to primetime. After a morning kickoff last year, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will return to an evening start time (8 p.m.) for the 15th edition of the game to be played on Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “That’s our preferred time,” bowl director Billy Ferrante of the… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice sweeps Western Oklahoma to win junior-college World Series

ENID, Okla. — The top-ranked LSU Eunice baseball team took two wins over Western Oklahoma State College on Saturday, 14-2 and 16-1, to win the NJCAA Division II World Series. It was the Bengals’ fifth national championship. The Bengals trailed 10-1 against the Pioneers in the fourth inning of the first game before coming back to… Continue reading →

NCAA East track notebook: Southeastern hammer throws keep rolling

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Southeastern Louisiana hammer throwers made it 3-for-4 at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds this week when Misha Frazier earned her trip to the NCAA championships Saturday. Frazier was 11th in the women’s hammer with a throw of 190 feet and the top-12 finish allowed her to join SLU men’s hammer throwers Alex Young… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Alex Young, Jonathan Kinchen thanks to strong final throws in hammer at NCAA East preliminaries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Louisiana’s hammer duo of Alex Young and Jonathan Kinchen cut things a little close in the NCAA East preliminary rounds on Thursday. But when Young and Kinchen needed big throws to earn a trip to the NCAA championships next month in Eugene, Oregon, they responded and finished in the top 12… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice wins World Series opener

ENID, Okla. — Steven Sensley and Jordan Romero each hit home runs and pitcher Ben Braymer scattered seven hits in eight innings as LSU-Eunice opened the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series with an 8-1 vicory over Kellogg (Michigan) Community College on Wednesday. Romero and Sensley both went 2-for-4. Romero had a… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Ben Braymer, Jordan Romero have long history as battery mates

EUNICE — When Ben Braymer looks down from the mound before delivering a pitch, he usually sees a familiar target with a catcher’s mask returning a glance from deep behind the plate. It helps, Braymer said, to know that LSU-Eunice catcher and longtime battery mate Jordan Romero is aware the nuances in a pitching routine that… Continue reading →